A tessellation is a repeating pattern of polygons that covers a plane
with no gaps or overlaps. What kind of tessellations can you make out of
Click-and-drag the shapes from the top menu to the canvas below. If the
sides of shapes are dragged close to each other, those shapes will snap
together. Click-and-drag a rectangle around a group of shapes to glue
them together. Use the scroll bars along the right side and bottom of
the canvas to view different parts of the canvas.
The buttons along the left side can be turned on to use their
functionality, which is described below. Each of these buttons can be
turned off by clicking anywhere on the canvas.
What shapes tessellate? If shapes can be combined to make patterns that
repeat and cover the plane, then they tessellate. What patterns can you
Hint: The length of the sides of all the shapes are all the same. Only the angles are different. What are the angles in each shape?
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